Motherhood and ADHD

By Jessica Flannery, PhD

Adult ADHD in Women

Mom smiling while daughter hugs her and kisses her cheek

Pregnancy and Postpartum Effects on ADHD and ADHD Symptoms

Pregnancy and the postpartum period bring about profound changes in a birthing person’s life. For those with ADHD, these life stages can present unique challenges and opportunities. Check out this article on how ADHD symptoms may present during pregnancy and postpartum, offering tips and recognizing signs of ADHD during this life transition.

Managing medication during pregnancy can add an extra layer of complexity to an already uncertain time.

ADHD Medication during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a period of profound change. Managing medication during pregnancy can add an extra layer of complexity to an already uncertain time. A common question is whether to continue or discontinue ADHD medication during pregnancy. This decision requires balancing the potential risks of medication exposure to the challenges of managing heightened ADHD symptoms without medication. Check out this article to look at what the scientific literature has to tell us to date, and remember that it’s important to consult your healthcare provider for any treatment planning.

Postpartum ADHD

Traditionally, more attention was paid to the physical and emotional demands of pregnancy for the birthing person than to the changes that occur postpartum. The first 3 months postpartum are now commonly recognized as the “fourth trimester” and there is an increasing awareness regarding the unique physical, emotional, and hormonal changes that occur to the birthing person postpartum. Check out this article on 6 reasons ADHD symptoms can worsen postpartum.